Re: Creating a unique path separator

Ulrich Eckhardt <>
Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:36:34 +0200
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If i have a tree structure, where the names can have ANY character in
them, what would be the best method for finding a 'unique series of
characters' to use as a separator when writing a path to an XML file?

For instance, the structure could look like this:


then im stuck for using a single character (lets pretend that all the
extended characters have been used aswell - it could happen ... and
probably will when i least want it to), so i have to use two characters
for the separator. But of course, all the two character combinations
could have been used up aswell in a gargantuan super path! So i would
need to use three (or more - getting more and more unlikely, i know).

Errm, how about using XML to separate parts of the path from one another?
Otherwise, use the simple, well-known way that C and C++ escape certain
characters like "'\. Another way would be to know in advance how long each
part of the path is, i.e. use a size/data combo.


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